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Posted May 8, 2006
A fantastic writer, and three engrossing stories.
These are three powerful, beautifully written novellas. Faber has a keen and penetrating understanding of his characters, as anyone who read his previously published novel THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE knows. His plots and settings are fascinating (a modern-day Belgian chateau, an English seaside archaological dig, etc...), and his characters are deep and varied. The Courage Consort, the title story, was the strongest of the three novellas, and also the most moving. A modern-day acapella group retires to a secluded Belgian chateau to rehearse a very complicated piece for an upcoming music festival. The interplay between the groups' varied personalities climaxes at a tragedy. The beauty of the story's final pages draws them back together.
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